Michael Phelps Says He’s in His Best Shape Since 2008


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On the day before the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series – Mesa meet begins in Arizona, Swimming’s biggest star Michael Phelps and his coach Bob Bowman sat down for a press conference.

In the interview, Phelps discusses his recovery process, the Under Armour commercial, and his training environment in Arizona.

Phelps also shared that he’s in the best shape he’s been in since 2007 and 2008, where he made history by winning 8 gold medals in Beijing – more than any athlete has ever won in a single Olympics.

He also says that he’s feeling things that he hasn’t felt in years, that in his warmup on Wednesday, he felt like he could really get into his stroke and get warmed up.

He also discusses how different the feeling is in Mesa than each of the last two years, each of which was a comeback meet for Phelps (once from retirement, once from his DUI suspension), and with being able to sleep in his own bed at night and relax.

Phelps is entered in just 3 races in Mesa, which is not far from his new home of Tempe: the 200 free, the 200 fly, and the 200 IM.

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4 years ago

If he’s in his 2007 Melbourne form then lord help everyone else

4 years ago

i can’t wait!

4 years ago

No prayers can save anyone from MP. It’s going to be a great show in Rio. The GOAT will win 6 gold

Reply to  MrBriefStroke
4 years ago

my coach used to tell me, if you are praying to win then you arnt doing enough yourself to make sure you do.

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